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Are You A Candidate For the Wound Care Center?
If you suffer from a chronic or non-healing wound, speak with your physician about our Wound Care Center. You may be a candidate for our outpatient program. If you are, the Wound Care Center will work with you and your doctor to deliver:
- Advanced therapies
- Proven clinical protocols
- An individualized, comprehensive plan of care that brings you the most appropriate and effective treatments for your particular needs
- Assessment and ongoing care by our highly skilled team of wound care specialists, including a case manager who will oversee every aspect of your case
- Thorough training for you and your family on caring for the wound at home
- Education materials and resources related to prevention, nutrition, hygiene and other key topics for you and your family
- Ongoing communication so that you and your doctor stay informed and up-to-date on all aspects of your healing.
The Wound Care Center can provide treatment through the use of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber (HBO) which is a means of providing additional oxygen to the tissues of your body.
No referral is necessary for access to the Center, however we do want to know which physicians you have been seeing.
When You Arrive At The Center
After an initial consultation and examination at the Center, you will be ready to begin your treatment. When you arrive, you will receive complete instructions regarding your treatment. Before starting, you will change into a 100% cotton garment provided by the Center. For safety reasons, no other clothing may be worn inside the hyperbaric oxygen treatment chamber.
What To Expect During Treatment
Once you are comfortably positioned inside the chamber, the pressure will be gradually increased and the temperature will temporarily rise. You may experience fullness in your ears as a result of the increased pressure. The technician will instruct you in ways to help clear the pressure and relieve any discomfort. Most treatment sessions in the chamber last approximately two hours. While undergoing treatment, you may watch TV or videos, simply relax or even sleep.
Getting Ready For Your Visit
For safety reasons there are certain items not allowed inside the hyperbaric chamber. Please do not wear or bring the following into the chamber during your treatment.
- Alcohol or petroleum based products
- Cell phones/pagers
- Metallic items (such as jewelry, titanium frame eyeglasses, keys, watches and coins
- Hairspray/hair oils
- Flammable materials or heat producing items (heating pad, lighters, cigarettes)
- Hearing aids
- Nail polish
- Food, gum or candy
Ask your hyperbaric physician for advice on wearing contact lenses, dentures, partial plates or hearing aides during treatment. You should also refrain from smoking or the use of tobacco products over the entire course of treatment. Tobacco use will prolong or even prevent healing of a wound site due to its constricting effect on the blood vessels in your body.
If You Are Sick Or On Medication
You should inform the staff at the Center if you have a cold or cough, the flu, sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Alert the staff to any medications you are taking or changes in medication during the course of your treatment.
If you are diabetic, please eat properly and continue to take your prescription medication to control blood sugar level. Your blood sugar level will also be checked before, during and after each visit to the Center.
The Possibility Of Side Effects
You may experience temporary vision changes that should return to normal a few weeks after your therapy is completed. Our physicians recommend that you not change the prescription of your eyewear during the course of your treatment. Some patients experience fatigue during treatment. This is completely normal.
Other Important Information
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is usually administered on an outpatient basis. If you drive, you may drive yourself to the Center for treatment and should allow up to two and a half hours for each visit.
The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine is here to assist you and your patients in their healing process. If you would like more information, please contact us.